I am an Assistant Professor in Health Information at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and also a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.
I am an operational researcher. I have 10 years experience in epidemiology and evaluation. Several of those years spent doing fieldwork on the surveillance of various epidemic prone or vaccine preventable diseases: I worked in Kenya on poliomyelitis, Saudi Arabia on H1N1, Chad on meningococcal meningitis, and Guinea on Ebola Virus Disease. I currently work on a project to increase the use of data for malaria decision-making in 14 high-burden malaria countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
I am interested in finding where the ‘weak links’ are in our global health system and finding out what does it take to strengthen them. This involves looking at cost and performance of health systems. To this end, I have worked with the WHO on developing a costing tool for the International Health Regulations (2005) and with several countries to evaluate their disease surveillance systems.
PAST LIFE SUMMARY
CDC Public Health Prevention Fellow
Technical Consultant for WHO-Geneva and WHO-Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
Senior epidemiologist consultant for Public Health Practice, LLC
PhD from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -- Epidemiology and Global Health and Development
MPH from University of Hawaii-Manoa (Epidemiology and Behavioural Science)
BSc from DePaul University, Chicago (Biology and Psychology)
In 2015, Betiel Hadgu Haile and I co-founded the Global Bridge Group — a global health and development consultancy. Our company provides services to inform and improve global health initiatives in resource-constrained countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. We work with global health institutes, Pharma-global health, governments, research institutions, and aspiring early-career global health scientists. Email me for more information.
I am passionate about increasing academic and employment opportunities for scientists from low-income countries, especially female scientists. I am also interested in exchanging knowledge between Francophone and Anglophone countries. If you work at an institution with similar interests, please email me.
Oh, and I love to read, surf (see Hawaii reference), travel, and take walks… long walks.